Future-thinking youngsters lead fight against food waste in H&F

Campaigning kids from H&F are leading the charge in the war to reduce food waste.

Campaigning kids from H&F are leading the charge in the war to reduce food waste.

Four hundred youngsters aged from five to 12 from Old Oak Primary School & Community Centre in East Acton are selling surplus food from supermarkets to local residents and in the school playground.

The enterprise, called ‘Bubble & Squeak’, focuses on promoting healthy eating by collecting leftover fruit and vegetables from supermarkets and local businesses and selling it on, on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

"Our project is important because it teaches us that it is bad to throw away food that is good to eat,” said nine-year-old Adam Jusko, of Bubble & Squeak.

“We sometimes throw things away which have small marks. This isn't good. This project helps me to think about my future."

Bubble & Squeak works with other local initiatives such as City Harvest and Plan Z Heroes who redistribute surplus food collected from supermarkets markets and other outlets.

The project launches a crowd-funding campaign on 24 April to raise £4,500 to buy a specialist shipping container to store all the food – something which has been a major hurdle for the youngsters so far.

The forward-thinking young entrepreneurs hope their scheme will get the local community all thinking about what food they’re throwing away, often unnecessarily.

Helping the children are adult coordinators Lydia Gandaa and Elly Harrington.

“The children live in a very diverse area in West London and are in the top 10 per cent of deprivation in the capital,” said Lydia.

“They are driving force, are passionate and really understanding the impact their work will have on the immediate world around them, and they instinctively get the concept of the ‘sharing economy’ and want to be responsible for their future."

To help the children with their fundraising efforts, visit their crowdfunding page.

For more information contact Lydia or Elly at bubblesqueakeat@gmail.com, or call 07515 946486.

You can also keep up with Bubble & Squeak on their social media channels:

Bubble & Squeak - Twitter 

Bubble & Squeak - Facebook

Bubble & Squeak - Instagram

Pictures by: Eleanor Harrington

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